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Radharc: Retreat

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7 min 49 sec

This short documentary presents St. Anthony’s Retreat House in Raheny, a Capuchin-run house which held annual retreats for ordinary people to escape the hum-drum of everyday life and “get closer to God”.

During weekend retreats a wide variety of talks on matters of interest to the ordinary working man are offered. These include presentations on prayer and reflection, readings from spiritual books, and practical talks on men’s daily work and duties. When Monday morning comes the retreatants go back to their day-to-day lives spiritually enlightened, the calm and peaceful reflection they experienced more than repaying the sacrifice of this very short weekend.

Radharc was an independent production company established by Father Joe Dunn, Father Desmond Forristal and other like-minded priests to make programmes for television and non-theatrical exhibition.  Between 1961 and 1996 they made over 400 films in 75 countries on social, political and religious issues.

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With kind permission of The Radharc Trust.